The Wolf Files: John Wayne Bobbitt Remarries
March 26, 2002 -- -- Attention all pathetic single men: If John Wayne Bobbitt can find another wife, there's hope for you, too.
The has-been tabloid star exchanged vows with Joanna Ferrell, 31, in Las Vegas on Saturday — his 35th birthday. This wedding comes more than eight years after his first wife, Lorena, cut off his penis and chucked it out her car window, as she sped away from their home in tears.
In a nationally televised trial, Lorena maintained she was driven over the edge after years of abuse. She was acquitted by reason of insanity. Bobbitt left the Virginia courtroom with a surgically reattached penis — which he immediately turned into a meal ticket.
Life as a human punch line offered temporary rewards — the guest spots on Howard Stern, and, of course, the bare-all porn videos (John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut and the less successful Frankenpenis.)
That gravy train long ago ran out of gas. He failed as a standup comic, then as a "greeter" at a Nevada brothel, then as a carnival sideshow performer. He's had several brushes with the law. Between short stints in jail, he's been on probation or drifting.
"We tried to involve him into a knife-throwing act, since he knows all to well what it's like to be cut," said Jim Rose, the impresario of the Jim Rose Circus.
"All Bobbitt had to do was stand still, really, and he couldn't do that."
Rose had thought Bobbitt would be perfect to join his menagerie, which include transvestite wrestlers; a contortionist who can squeeze through the head of a tennis racquet; "Insectivore," a professional insect-eater; and "Lizardman," a tattoo artist with a split tongue.
"I don't call it a sideshow," he said. "I would call it a thrill spectacular."
Rose also considered setting Bobbitt up as a "Human Blockhead," an act that would have required him to hammer nails and other objects up his nose. But several months ago, Rose gave up.
However, now that Bobbitt is married, Rose wonders whether he's finally grounded. "I've worked with lots of people who have turned their lives around," he says.